Sometimes it's hard to sift through all the great info on here and I've been trying to read a lot about combing out older locks, and in this one I read it said you could partially comb out a dread to fix it or w.e. but my dreads are about to hit there one year mark and I just have one or two that I would like to redo, but I'm afraid that if I comb them out all the way or even partial there won't be a whole lot to dread back up? Is there any truth to this? Thanks!


Nope! If you’re gentle, you should have plenty of hair left. I have brushed out and redone a few locks at the one- and two-year marks. You can’t even tell now that they’re restarted and matured again. If you have a lock or two that you’re unhappy with, then brushing them out and restarting right away is definitely an option!

- KJ

Hi, I recently have begun to dread my hair and it's all forming into one big rats nest. How do I separate without ripping out hair?(my hair is very damaged)


You need to do your best to carefully separate this—have a friend help you if possible. Your arms may become tired but you need to fix this issue before you get a big uni-lock growing out the back of your head!

To fix this, pull two locks apart from one another at a time. Pull the little root hairs apart one by one if you need. Gently and carefully work until the roots are separate all the way to this scalp.

Do not use scissors to cut the cross-bridges, or you run the risk or greatly weakening the base of your locks. Scissors are your ultimate LAST resort—after you’ve tried for many hours, if you still can’t get one or two knots out, you might consider snipping them, but otherwise do NOT use scissors to fix this. If it’s extreme enough, brush the matted section out and restart, rather them cutting them apart.

This will could take several hours of work to fix. Don’t feel like you have to do it all on one day. 

Just pull a few hairs out of each cross bridge at a time, and be gentle and patient. Don’t work on wet hair, because you can break more hairs that way.

Once you have completely separated a cross bridge, you’ll have a lot of loose hairs hanging out the sides of each of the two locks. If you leave them they will likely mat and form a cross bridge again. So you will want to use a maintenance method to pull in those hairs so it doesn’t happen again.

Lastly, when all of the work is finished, be sure to separate your locks every day to keep this from happening again!

Best of luck!

- KJ and JR

I have a couple dreads in my hair and they are becoming a little curly, how do I keep them straight?


The curling and waving is most likely a subtle form of looping. They should go away on their own, but there are also maintenance methods that can take care of it. For more information, check out JR’s video on the topic.

- KJ

I just made my first dread yesterday and the root is already starting to give away, how would I fix that without damaging it?


All roots loosen, and this is unavoidable. No one’s set of locks are locked 100% against the scalp. Most people have 1-2 inches of unlocked hair at the base of each lock.

This is because the hair at the base of each lock isn’t long enough to tangle. You can force it to be tangled with a crochet hook, but it will hurt and poses more than a few hair health risks. Do not crochet hook your hair extremely close to the scalp! This is where many of the horror stories about crochet hooking comes from.

If you use any maintenance method to tangle your hair up against the scalp, it can cause scalp tensions, red bumps, itching, irritation, hair breakage, hair thinning, and eventually permanent hair loss over time if done repeatedly.

For reference, here is the root of one of my locks, which is unmaintained. Here are the roots of JR’s locks, which are heavily maintained.

For more information, check out JR’s video on the topic.

If you want to minimize (not eliminate) the looseness at your roots, you can keep your hair more maintained, as JR prefers to. This can be achieved with either crochet hooking or root rubbing. Both methods can be found on our Maintenance page.

- KJ


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Three months of shrinkage, The bottom layer was 2 months and the top layer 9 days on the left picture. (Timeline)Admin addition:This is a really great demonstration of how locks shrink and thicken over time! These nearly tripled in thickness in less than a year, and that is normal for straighter hair! If you would like to minimize thickening, monthly crochet hooking to minimize loops is the best option. However, many people love the extra thickness they achieve when their locks become mature! Thanks for the submission-JR
Hey,my dreads are about 2 months old they have gone reeaaally loopy and zigzagy,i have thinking of putting in extensions. Would the extensions get loopy with my natural hair? Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx



Human hair extensions have a chance to get loopy, but it isn’t guaranteed. Synthetic hair extensions won’t get loopy, and stay looking the same pretty much forever. 

What you might want to do is wait a few months until your loops suck back in, and your locks enter their final lumpy stage. 
THEN you can have synthetic hair extensions made to match the lumpiness of your more mature locks. 

If you make synthetic extensions yourself, materials should cost less than $20-25. If you make human hair extensions yourself, materials can easily cost over $100. With human hair extensions, you’re better off buying short extensions (like 8 inches long) and then balling up the hair and crochet hooking it onto the ends until you get a desired length, like this:

To make synthetic hair extensions, follow this tutorial:

You can try human hair, but it might be expensive. 
The loops will suck in at least somewhat. 

I would wait until the loops mature and mostly go away and add extensions to match the more mature locks. It would be the easiest path to follow! You can do whatever you like, however!


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